The Thomson Police Department shut down a block party and people hanging out at a home on Ellington Avenue and arrested a man allegedly possessing crack cocaine.

A complaint to the police chief about possible drug activity, suspicious people and vehicles at a home in the 600 block of Ellington Avenue on the evening of July 17 jumped the police into action.

“I took some guys over there and we did a small sting operation,” said Police Chief Anson Evans.  The chief said there were people and two vehicles in the backyard of the home, when he and officers arrived. “We questioned people and checked IDs.”

Curtavious Jerome Bonner, 28, of the 500 block of Mendel Ave., was inside one of the vehicles. “During questioning, he got nervous and took off running,” the chief said.  A short foot chase ensued, and Bonner was taken into custody.

“During the investigation, we found out that he is a known gang member,” Evans said.  The chief said Bonner is also a convicted felon, and he possessed two weapons and drugs, which was crack cocaine.  Bonner was also on probation for other crimes.  He was transported to the McDuffie County Jail.

According to Evans, the homeowner was also given a warning about block parties and that he could face charges resulting from anyone on his property with drugs. The chief said the homeowner was told that his home, vehicles, and possessions could be seized, and he could be arrested and charged with having a disorderly house and other nuisance charges.

Bonner has been charged with possession of schedule I or II controlled substance with the intent to distribute, obstructing law enforcement officers, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies, theft by receiving stolen property and possession and use of drug-related objects.  His bond was set at $57,000.

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